Health Insurance

  • 7:18pm May 29, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    Health Law Spared Young Adults From High Hospital Bills

    Young adults insured under their parents' plans were shielded from the potentially catastrophic cost of a medical emergency, a review of hospital records found. Researchers say $147 million in hospital bills were charged to insurers rather than the patients in 2011.
  • 5:43pm May 21, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    Latest Health Hurdle: Buying Insurance Without A Bank Account

    Most health plans accept a credit card for the first month's premium and then require customers to pay monthly with a check or an electronic transfer from a bank account. For people without a banking relationship, these transactions can be tricky.
  • 3:27pm May 06, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    Why Calif. Doesn't Want Smokers To Pay More For Health Insurance

    The federal health law allows states to charge smokers up to 50 percent more for a health plan sold through the new exchanges. But a bill moving forward in the California Legislature would prevent that from happening.
  • Confusion over the details of the new health care law is leaving many people vulnerable to con artists. Evelyne Lois Such, 86, was recently the target of an attempted scam.
    Matt Nager for NPR
    10:18am Apr 22, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    Scammers Find Fertile Ground In Health Law

    Law enforcement agencies are reporting an increase in health insurance scams across the country. Many of the scammers seem to be preying on the public's confusion over the massive changes taking place in the nation's health care system.
  • The largest tax break in the federal code doesn't appear on the forms the average person fills out each year.
    9:56am Dec 05, 2012
    National National Health & Safety

    The Huge (And Rarely Discussed) Health Insurance Tax Break

    Most people don't realize that they don't pay taxes on the value of health benefits from their job. If employer-provided health insurance was taxed in the same way as wages, the federal government could gain $250 billion a year. But it would mean higher taxes for many people.
  • MIT health economist Jonathan Gruber, who explained the ins and outs of health overhaul in a comic book, says that excluding the value of health insurance from federal taxes is a terrible idea, at least from an economist's point of view.
    6:50pm Dec 04, 2012
    National National Health & Safety

    The Perilous Politics Of The Health Insurance Tax Break

    Economists say that excluding the value of employer-sponsored health insurance from federal taxes makes no sense. But many worry that changing the tax code could mean higher taxes or that employers would push down the value of the health insurance they provide.